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Front runner for Rookie of the Year LaMelo Ball has been sidelined for the rest of the season with a wrist injury. This will definitely hurt his chances of winning rookie of the year but it will also hurt the Charlotte Hornets chances of making the playoffs. He was a key part of the Hornets young core as he came off the bench for most of the season but eventually moved into a starting role.
Many questioned his ability to play in the NBA as he did not play college basketball, he went overseas to play in Europe but it seems like most of his doubter has been put to rest so far in his early career as he puts up just under 16 points a game, just under 6 rebounds a game and just over 6 assists a game. This is very good for someone who is only 19 years old.
He is also shooting 37% from 3 and 45% from the floor. This was a major concern when he was drafted as he was only shooting about 25% from 3 and about 37% from the field. These are very low numbers especially coming from a less talented European league who does not have a lot of premium talent. He clearly did not perform to his standards when playing overseas with numbers like these. But when he got drafted and was surrounded by better coaches and players, he was able to raise all of his stats, especially his 3 point percentage and field goal percentage. If he continues to keep showing these improvements, he will be in the league for a very long time.
This is also a big blow to a lot of basketball fans because they have been following him all the way back to his 9th grade season. That puts him at 15 years old and now he's 19. That's a long time for people to be following a player. So for him to be sidelined for the rest of this season, especially after putting on a show with lots of highlights and being the front runner for rookie of the year, is not only a blow to him and his team but also his fans because they are not able to watch him until next season when hopefully he is fully recovered.
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